Fables de La Fontaine: Édition annotée a l'usage de la jeunesse
. Theodore Lefevre Éditeurs, , Théodore Lefèvre, Éditeur . Paris
Language note: French
PQ1808.A5 P3 1881a (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
Language note: French
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Bodemann #339.1. Bodemann notes there that this volume goes back to an 1867 first Joaust edition. See my comments under 1901? on the later edition of the same book (Bodemann #339.2). Here I will highlight some of the differences. This copy was inscribed in December 1881 as a prize at the Market Drayton Grammar School. It had been sold in Anvers. It has the same red cloth cover figured in gold and black with an elaborate design, including a medallion of La Fontaine. Where that will have a large monogram EG on the back, this has a repeat of the diagonal black La Fontaine from the front cover. The title-page here has the same information differently typeset. Where that will have an EG monogram on the title-page, this has a TL monogram. Where that will have Librairie de Théodore Lefèvre, & Cie/Émile Guérin, Éditeur, this book has simply Théodore Lefèvre, Éditeur. One can, I think, safely conclude that Guérin joined the operation between 1881 and 1901. Where that will have a frontispiece portrait of La Fontaine in black-and-white, this copy features L'Astrologue qui se laisse tomber dans un puits as its frontispiece. That book will put this illustration with its fable on 19. Where finally that copy will have at the bottom of 284 1835 -- Corbeil. -- Imprimerie de Crété, this copy has 8652-79 -- Corbeil. -- Imprimerie de Crété. Except, then, for the illustration taken as frontispiece, the other eight hand-colored illustrations occur where they will in the later edition: L'Enfant et le maitre d'ecole (19), MSA (41), Le Berger et la mer (59), TB (a favorite of mine, 101), MM (133), L'Ours et l'amateur des jardins (159), Le Gland et la citrouille (190), and Le Vieillard et les trois jeunes hommes (241). It is a wonderful experience to compare the different hand-paintings of the same engravings in these two different printings. Characters change the colors of their clothing with remarkable ease! MSA and TB present especially striking contrasts.